Category «Asylum»

Lift The Ban on Asylum Seekers Right to Work

Right now, right here in the UK, people seeking refugee status are banned from working whilst they wait months, and often years, for a decision on their asylum claim. Instead, they are left to live on just £5.39 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, whilst the Government wastes the talents of thousands …

Asylum Journey Sheffield

Asylum Journey Sheffield website has information about services and resources for asylum seekers and refugees in Sheffield. Created by Sheffugees it is a comprehensive and easily searchable resource for people at each stage of the asylum process It contains detailed information and signposting on the asylum process, legal support, accommodation, health, finance, education and much more. …

Zimbabwe still not safe – Sheffield Protest Against Deportations July 25

End Forced Deportations to Zimbabwe Demonstrate outside Sheffield Town Hall Wednesday 25th July 12noon to 1pm Stop another Windrush Scandal According to New Zimbabwe.com, British ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing, in February 2018 told Zimbabwean Deputy President Kembo Mohadi that her government intended to deport 2,500 “illegal Zimbabweans” in that country. The announcement came as Theresa …

Tell Sheffield Council: Treat Homeless Asylum Children with Respect! Wed 4 July

A recent investigation by John Grayson and Violet Dickenson of SYMAAG revealed that Sheffield City Council are treating homeless asylum seeking children unlawfully and disrespectfully. These children and families have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) and are being placed by the Council for long periods in unsuitable and potentially dangerous Bed and Breakfast accommodation. …

Rodents, bedbugs, mould: UK asylum housing is a Hostile Environment

A Manchester asylum hostel run by Britain’s biggest outsourcer Serco is riddled with cockroaches, rodents and bedbugs. by John Grayson Mothers with babies in a Manchester hostel run by Serco have shown us their dirty and dangerous living conditions. Shadow immigration minister and local MP Afzal Khan has told us: “Nobody, let alone families with children, …

Zimbabwe: “no changes and no democracy”

Why Zimbabwe is still not safe for refugees like Marian Machekanyanga Marian was forced to leave Zimbabwe in November 2002 as a result of victimisation and mistreatment. As a member of a workers committee in a government department in Harare,she led a protest to the Zimbabwean Parliament against the misdirection of the Government funds to ZANU-PF. …

How UK migration rules make children homeless

Councils are forcing children into homelessness and destitution simply because of their parents’ migration status. by VIOLET DICKENSON and JOHN GRAYSON   Alara Bed & Breakfast room shared by Amy’s family of five (John Grayson) For two years we have been investigating how Sheffield treats refugee families who have no recourse to public funds. Our latest article …

Mothers and children unlawfully housed in Sheffield B&Bs for years

VIOLET DICKENSON and JOHN GRAYSON 5 April 2018 Women and young children routinely placed in shared hostels with vulnerable homeless men. Earl Marshall Guest House (John Grayson) Mothers with young children have spent months on end in Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, living alongside vulnerable homeless single men. Women forced to share bathrooms and kitchens …

The roots of the Hostile Environment

In December 2013 SYMAAG organised a protest in Sheffield against the 2014 Immigration Act which put into law many of the measures designed to create a “Hostile Environment” for what then Home Secretary Theresa May called “illegal immigrants”   One of SYMAAG’s founding members David Price has this letter published in The Guardian 17 April …

“We need humanity and accountability” in asylum housing

Asylum tenants organise at Sheffield conference This was the first national meeting of asylum tenants. At the same time as a new £4 billion 10 year government contract for asylum housing and related services is being tendered and due to start in 2019. The current contract, called COMPASS, has operated from 2012, run by G4S, …

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